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…Delta is giving their planes new colors?

Delta 747-400

When Delta Air Lines bought Northwest Airlines for $2.6 billion, it acquired 436 planes, including Airbus A330s, DC-9s, and 16 Boeing 747-400s, making it one of the only domestic airlines to fly the jumbo jet.

The only problem: All of them were painted in NWA colors. (Or livery as they call it in the airline industry.)

To fix that problem, Delta will spend more than two years painting more than 40,000 gallons of paint on their new birds, but it’s hard to picture what a 12 day paint job looks like on a plane the size of a football field, so Delta has put together a time-lapse video of the whole process that cuts it down to just three minutes:

What interesting is that at time-lapse speed, the painters on cherry pickers look like the arms of a robot, and the whole process becomes a well choreographed dance that makes it look easy.

[Delta Blog]

[Via: Wired]

…Bridges can be built quickly?

Over Labor Day weekend, the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge was closed in both directions while crews replaced a football field sized chunk of it.

The 6,500-ton section took months to build and days to install, but you can watch the install happen in just seconds thanks to the wonders of time-lapse.

My favorite part? Watching how often large groups of workers are just standing around and talking.

Or is that called supervising?

[San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Update Video]

[Via: Boing Boing]